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Edinburgh News: music

RSNO Sir Roger Norrington Conducts Beethoven and Schumann Review

Sir Roger Norrington

Vibrato was forbidden and the orchestra repositioned because, for this concert, Sir Roger Norrington was very much in charge.   Speaking beforehand a double bassist who has been in the orchestra since 1974 said it had been one of the most interesting weeks of concert preparation in all his 35 years.

J. S. Bach Christmas Oratorio Review

Christ's birth by anonymous 18th Century painter

The elegant 17th century Canongate Kirk, situated in the Royal Mile, is a perfect location for a baroque concert and on Wednesday the Ludas Baroque Chamber Orchestra, founded and conducted by Richard Neville-Towle (the church organist), performed Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

Review: Alec Empire, 22 November 2009

Alec Empire

The GRV is a mass of piercings and blackness, awash with Edinburgh’s punk-goth contingency in varying stages of inebriation.  Dry ice billows around the room, sweetly licking one’s nostrils.  The air feels ripe with anticipation.  But there is tension also.  Curfew time is ticking ever closer and all we see is a prolonged technical display involving a disgruntled roadie wrestling with stubborn microphones.

Review: Tegan and Sara, 15 November 2009

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara… apparently they’re twins and it’s not just clever use of mirrors.  Having trudged through many an interview to differentiate which was which it became clear that at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. Having proved themselves internationally as being excellent Canadian exporters of indy/pop/rock they have certainly earned themselves a definitive fan base here in the UK.

Review: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 14 November '09


Ladysmith Black Mambazo is the unique South African acappella group who gained worldwide recognition after their collaboration with Paul Simon on two tracks from his Graceland album - Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes and Homeless - which the leader of the group, Joseph Shabalala, co-wrote with Simon. 

Review: RSNO Favourites, Shostakovich 11 Review, 13 November 2009

Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

The audience was so delighted with Ingrid Fliter’s performance that she returned to the keyboard and gave us a four minute encore. She is from Argentina and has played with many major orchestras in recent years. 

Review: Little Boots (Ellie Goulding in support), 25 October 2009

Little Boots

Little boots, otherwise known as Victoria Christina Hesketh, far surpasses the metaphorical implications of her particular namesake.  Having expected (rather ignorantly) someone of such small stature would struggle to fill the HMV Picture House with her sweet little electro pop beats and heart-warming poshy voice - she did not.

Bands Announced For Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party

The Enemy

Organisers of Edinburgh’s four-day Hogmanay festival today announced that The Enemy (pictured) will headline this year’s Hogmanay Street Party on Thursday 31 December.

Review: Portico Quartet & Sweet Billy Pilgrim, 4 November 2009

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A curious double bill for this midweek gig.  It seems churlish to describe Sweet Billy Pilgrim as the “support act”, particularly as how their recent “Twice Born Men” album was nominated for this year's Mercury Music Award. 

SCO and Paul Lewis Play Beethoven

Paul Lewis plays Beethoven

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's concert at the Queen's Hall, part of their regular autumn series, began with a Webern piece. A student of Schonberg, his music challenges people to listen in new ways.

Review: Bat for Lashes, Tuesday 20th October

Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes has a responsibility to the outside world to be so cool that it makes everyone a bit sad. But Bat (AKA, Lisa Khan) doesn’t see it like that.